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More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimageMore than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions. The hajj, one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings, is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken by all Muslims with the means at least once in their lives. It consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over five days in Islam’s holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia.



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India boosts Hindu pilgrimage to holy cave in conflict-torn Kashmir

India boosts Hindu pilgrimage to holy cave in conflict-torn KashmirIndia is hailing a Hindu pilgrimage to a holy cave high in the snow-capped mountains of contested Kashmir as an example of communal harmony, in a region where the Muslim-majority population is overwhelmingly hostile to its rule. India and arch-rival Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, and came close to a third in February after a suicide-bomb attack by Pakistan-based militants on Indian paramilitary police near the pilgrimage route. India’s Hindu-nationalist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made “pilgrimage tourism” a focus, spending huge sums on January’s Kumbh Mela festival, where more than a hundred million Indians came to bathe in the holy Ganges river.



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800 Palestinians allowed to exit Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage

800 Palestinians allowed to exit Gaza for Mecca pilgrimageSome 800 Palestinians crossed Sunda from the Gaza Strip into Egypt on their initial stage of a pilgrimage to Mecca, the first time since 2014 Egyptian authorities have granted visas for such a trip. The pilgrims left at around dawn and were to be met by buses on the Egyptian side to bring them to Cairo’s airport, from where they would fly to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, said a Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing in the Gaza Strip. Fifteen Gazans among the 800 were not authorised to cross, according to a Palestinian security official at Rafah, without providing the reasons.



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More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimageMore than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change. The ultra-conservative kingdom — where religion remains a guiding force amid dramatic social and economic reforms — has mobilised vast resources for the six-day journey, a pillar of Islam. “It’s the dream of every Muslim to come here to Mecca,” said Frenchman Soliman Ben Mohri.



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Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimageMECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.



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Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimageMECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.



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A Look At Mecca, Islam's Holiest Site, At The Height Of The Hajj Pilgrimage

A Look At Mecca, Islam's Holiest Site, At The Height Of The Hajj PilgrimageThe annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, as some 2 million people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one of Islam’s five pillars of faith.



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Saudi cleric condemns inter-Muslim conflict ahead of pilgrimage

Saudi cleric condemns inter-Muslim conflict ahead of pilgrimageBy Mahmoud Mourad MECCA (Reuters) – The imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque denounced those who “cause conflict among Muslims” in his last Friday sermon before the annual haj pilgrimage, as rifts widen among Gulf neighbors and wars rage across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, which hosts and supervises the haj, has with other Arab governments imposed sanctions on Qatar and cut all transport links with the country in recent months, accusing it of supporting Iran and backing Islamist terrorism – charges Doha denies. Relations between Shi’ite Muslim-led Iran and predominately Sunni Saudi Arabia are at their worst in years, with each accusing the other of subverting regional security and supporting opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.



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